Average Bench: 234% (25th of 956)

Based on 13,984 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 970

The 970 Evo is Samsung’s third generation NVMe PCIe SSD for high-end consumers and professionals alike. It employs the latest Samsung Phoenix controller and their latest version of TLC 3D NAND (now 64-layers) which is cheaper but with slightly lower endurance and weaker write consistency than the MLC NAND found in the 970 Pro. The 970 Evo comes in a M.2 form factor and four sizes: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. The $120 250GB 970 Evo has an advertised sequential read speed of up to 3400 MB/s (200MB/s faster than the 250GB 960 Evo) and a sequential write speed of 1500 MB/s which drops to 300 MB/s once the 13Gb of SLC cache has been exhausted (this is similar to the sustained write performance on the 960 Evo). Further benchmarks are required before we can attest to its overall performance in the real world. The anticipated modest performance improvement between generations is expected to maintain Samsung’s front running as the premium SSD brand. Samsung now offers a warranty of 5 years across the suite of 970 SSDs and specifically a generous write endurance of 150 TBW on the 250 GB 970 Evo, thereby challenging the need for the 970 Pro MLC variant. [May '18 SSDrivePro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 134.2% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 912MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,153MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 87.1%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 423MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 142MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,984 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,120 Read 2,153 2,504
963 Write 1,380 1,474
737 Mixed 1,093 1,294
326 SusWrite 423 482
279% 1,262 MB/s
Min Avg Max
44.1 4K Read 58.1 64.8
102 4K Write 142 181
60.2 4K Mixed 75.5 87.1
260% 91.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
625 DQ Read 923 981
510 DQ Write 963 1,479
480 DQ Mixed 912 1,013
694% 932 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
139GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 635 304 309 304 299 302 MB/s
Read 2,502
Write 1,471
Mixed 1,057
SusWrite 359
297% 1,347 MB/s
4K Read 61.1
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 83.3
283% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 974
DQ Write 984
DQ Mixed 1,003
747% 987 MB/s
149GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 837 329 329 328 329 329 MB/s
Read 2,470
Write 1,465
Mixed 1327
SusWrite 413
314% 1419 MB/s
4K Read 62.8
4K Write 150
4K Mixed 81.6
279% 98 MB/s
DQ Read 975
DQ Write 935
DQ Mixed 1,002
740% 971 MB/s
233GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1274 353 306 307 307 307 MB/s
Read 2,247
Write 1,463
Mixed 1,102
SusWrite 476
293% 1,322 MB/s
4K Read 57.4
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 78.8
273% 98.8 MB/s
DQ Read 960
DQ Write 1,095
DQ Mixed 984
753% 1,013 MB/s
174GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 526 332 333 333 332 330 MB/s
Read 2,481
Write 1,463
Mixed 1,026
SusWrite 364
294% 1,334 MB/s
4K Read 58
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 79.1
269% 96.1 MB/s
DQ Read 967
DQ Write 1,009
DQ Mixed 978
738% 985 MB/s
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1338 306 304 306 307 302 MB/s
Read 1,991
Write 1,461
Mixed 1,171
SusWrite 477
283% 1,275 MB/s
4K Read 54.8
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 84.4
278% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 1,339
DQ Mixed 1,009
804% 1,108 MB/s
192GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1314 319 306 306 308 308 MB/s
Read 2,450
Write 1,456
Mixed 1,263
SusWrite 477
312% 1,412 MB/s
4K Read 61.2
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 78
266% 92.3 MB/s
DQ Read 850
DQ Write 809
DQ Mixed 945
678% 868 MB/s
87GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1232 307 309 308 308 310 MB/s
Read 2,016
Write 1,476
Mixed 1,081
SusWrite 462
280% 1,259 MB/s
4K Read 64.3
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 56.9
250% 90.9 MB/s
DQ Read 981
DQ Write 1,126
DQ Mixed 1,009
772% 1,039 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1244 308 304 304 304 306 MB/s
Read 2,396
Write 1,470
Mixed 1,255
SusWrite 462
309% 1,396 MB/s
4K Read 55.9
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 70
233% 78.8 MB/s
DQ Read 813
DQ Write 522
DQ Mixed 732
528% 689 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 12,869 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 130%
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Desktop
Desktop 132%
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Workstation
Workstation 120%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $199

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 106% - Outstanding Total price: $1,540

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 Comments

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3 days ago.

Makes my Macbook pro 13" ( early-2015) run like a speeding bullet train. Did the upgrade myself.


Excellent

4 days ago.

Best in Prise I love it


Good

4 months ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Great, cheaper than the 960 Pro, twice the endurance and even higher read/write speeds.


Excellent

3 months ago.

loads stuff up like lightning!!!! should buy great value


Excellent

14 hrs ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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